About Us

The People and Pets of St. Francis





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Church Staff

The Rev. Vanessa Stickler Glass, Rector, rector@stfrancisnovato.org, 415.892.1609 x12

The Rev. Alberta Buller, Deacon, deacon@stfrancisnovato.org, 415.892.1609 x10 

John Pavik, Music Director, jspavik@gmail.com

The  Rev. Kathy Crary, Assisting Priest, kathycrary@gmail.com, 510.898-8479

Teri Clark, Preschool Director, tclark.stfpk@gmail.com, 415.892.2597









Mission Statement

For the faithful and the seekers who need a safe place to find hope and spiritual nourishment in a Christ-centered community, St. Francis offers a theologically progressive, diverse, welcoming and joyful church committed to exploring and deepening our faith in God and each other through community, worship and outreach.


Vanessa Stickler Glass

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The Rev. Vanessa Stickler Glass grew up in the Sacramento Valley and Sierra Nevada Foothills. After graduating from high school, Vanessa spent a year in Finland as a Rotary Exchange Student. She returned to California and earned a degree in Organizational Communication from California State University Sacramento and a Masters of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

A lifelong Episcopalian, Vanessa was ordained at Grace Cathedral on the thirtieth anniversary of her baptism. Since then, she has served parishes in San Francisco and Marin.  Prior to her call as rector of St. Francis, Vanessa served as the Senior Associate Pastor at Grace Cathedral.

In addition to ministry at St. Francis, Vanessa is engaged in church-wide ministries as a deputy to General Convention and co-chair of the Diocese of California’s deputation to General Convention. She is also a faculty member for CREDO, a wellness benefit of the Church Pension Fund.

Vanessa's greatest source of joy is her two daughters. She enjoys reading, yoga, hiking, traveling and walking the labyrinth.  


Assisting Priest

The Rev. Kathy Crary

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The Rev. Kathy Crary, who serves as an assisting priest at St. Francis-Novato, was born in Kansas, raised in Utah, taught jr. high school, was ordained a Lutheran pastor and is now an Episcopal priest who has volunteered her time (since June 2012) as a preacher and presider during Sunday services.

Kathy is a hospice chaplain and continues to serve at St. Francis when her schedule allows. 

Kathy, and her spouse, Carol and their two cats live in Alameda, CA.  Her hobbies include cooking, massive amounts of reading, taking various classes in one thing or another, and she is an avid fan of the SF Giants baseball team and the Kansas University men’s basketball team.

Kathy’s photo features her in her “uniform” when she worked for a short time at the Port of Oakland’s Seafarers’ Church Institute/International Maritime Center as a volunteer chaplain to the cargo ships.


The Rev. Alberta Buller

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Alberta and her husband, Dave, live amongst the redwoods in West Marin with their goofy lab, Mako.  She is originally from Connecticut and is very happy to have left the cold winters behind.  She and Dave are a blended family of 5 wonderful,adult children and 6 beloved, grandchildren.  She is a Chaplain at Marin General Hospital and sometimes helps Dave with their diving company, Coastal Diving, as a dive tender.

 She worked for many years in the dental field as a surgical assistant, dental assitant and business manager.  They love spending time with family, traveling the world, photography and being near the ocean.  She is grateful to have been assigned to this church, by Bishop Marc Andrus, and looks forward to serving not only the church but also  the  wider community.  

St. Francis Vestry

Ann Gordon, Senior Warden, annmgordon@comcast.net

Will Taylor, Junior Warden and Preschool Liaison, willeverywhere@hotmail.com

Bill Burrell, Outreach, bburrellhome@hotmail.com

Frank Lewis, Outreach,  frankalewis@live.com

Roy Gale, Facilities, roygale67@comcast.net

Julie Jacobson, Finance, juliejacobson222@gmail.com

Tony Mei, Facilities and Stewardship, tonymei.novato@gmail.com

Mary Santora, Hospitality and Vestry Secretary, marysantora@gmail.com

Allison Waterworth, Community Outreach, Allison@DrWaterworth.com



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